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What is the Firefox Search Box?

The search box in Firefox is that box for searching (boy, definitions don’t get any better than that) usually located in the upper right of your browser window. By default you see it set to Google, but did you know you can use others that are listed there or install more of your own?

To use the search box, all you need to do is type in a phrase you’d like to search for into the box, and then hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard. From there you’ll be taken to a Web page with search results as you would see by going to the search engine’s Web site and doing it directly.

If you want to choose one of the other search engines you have installed, just click on the little square logo next to the search engine icon and you should get a drop down box with all the search engines you have installed. Pick the one you want to use, and then its icons should be shown beside the search box. To switch back, follow the same steps.

If there is a search engine that you need that doesn’t come with Firefox by default you can install it yourself to use. You can find a list of popular search plugins here. For even more choices, check out the Mycroft Project. If you want to make your own – this Web page is a good place to start learning how to do just that.

Integrate Google Desktop into Firefox

Even though I am not a big fan of any of the desktop search programs out there, I know some of you are. This little tweak or tip gives you the ability to search your Google Desktop straight from Firefox. You have to love it when things just work, and this just does.

Firefox provides a dedicated box to search the internet. You can use that box to search your computer with Google Desktop as well. Follow the instructions below to obtain this result

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Quicker Adding of Search Engines

Need to add another search to your search box in Firefox – but don’t know how to create it by hand? No worries there, this should solve the problem ASAP.

The Add To Search Bar extension lets you right-click on any search box and it will give you an option to add that site’s search field to the search box. The quick 3-step process of adding a search field can be seen in the screen shot that I took above and you’ll notice that you can customize the icon that is associated with a search.

+ Read More About Adding Any Search Field to Firefox’s Search Box!

Searchbar Autosizer

In my opinion, the address bar in Firefox is too long and the search bar is way too short. Now if we lived in a world without extensions, I would just have to live with this fact and move on. Thankfully somebody else feels the way I do and has written an extension to fix it.

Searchbar Autosizer allows you to resize that search box to fit your personal browsing needs.

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